(once upon a time in Seoul, Korea)
Being separated from family brings about certain challenges. I’m not talking about family living in a different state but across the globe, abroad in South Korea. Aside from missing spending time with them, the distance itself requires extra effort and expense from traveling to sending gifts.
My family resides both in the United States and in South Korea. Some of my family members including myself migrated to the states in the late 80s. My parents and the rest of my family remained in Korea, most of them living in Seoul. Much thanks to technology which makes connecting with them much easier & faster (at least digitally) nowadays.
The health of my mom has been deteriorating slowly over time. She has been dealing with a thyroid issue for as long as I can remember. Now her ailments require frequent visits to doctor and additional medication. I try to assist her financially especially after she started having more health issues. It’s the least I can do for my parents since I’m not able to be there for them physically as often as I would like. This situation is just another reminder for me to be even more diligent about money management not only for my future but also to assist others that I love so dearly.
(my mom in her 20’s)
For the month of May, I sent my parents extra money for Mother’s Day (Parent’s Day in Korea). My parents have told me several times how cash is the most sensible and versatile gift. Yes, I think money is the best tangible gift you can give someone to help them through tough financial times.
I don’t remember all the details but transferring funds from the states to a Korean bank was cumbersome back in the 80s. It took my mom several steps to get the dollars converted into Korean cash. Now sending money overseas has vastly improved to say the least. It’s literally done with a click of button.
I have always used my current bank but recently I came across a simpler and quicker way to send money to foreign countries – Xoom, a PayPal service. It’s a a great tool to manage and transfer money securely and quickly. And how convenient for me to take care of their bills all the way from the United States.
I have been using Paypal for years. I’m a happy customer of Paypal and do all my business online transactions through Paypal. I trust this company through my experience. Paypal is convenient, easy and fast in terms of receiving & sending funds. So I was excited to see Xoom created for that specific purpose ~ sending money overseas. Although South Korea is not one of the 51 countries offered the service (yet), I will jump at the chance as soon as they include this country to their list. Knowing that I can send money securely to my parents is one less thing I will stress about. It will be as easy as sending digital gifts. A win-win situation.
Companies like Paypal and services such as Xoom really enhance the quality of people’s lives. I’m especially grateful to them on Mother’s Day.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.